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Private SNAFU - Booby Traps

Published 1944

Private Snafu learns about the hazards of enemy booby traps the hard way.

This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale the troops. Originally created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, most of the cartoons were produced by Warner Brothers Animation Studios - employing their animators, voice actors (primarily Mel Blanc) and Carl Stalling's music.

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Run time 4:18
Producer Robert Clampett
Production Company U.S. Army Signal Corps / Warner Brothers
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: indianacarnie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2013
Subject: Excellent!
I've loved these for years. This one is a prime example of the series. Decent quality and excellent writing. Wish the Archives had the whole series as they are of interest to history buffs (like me) and to veterans in general (like me :))
Reviewer: Rockandegg - - April 10, 2013
Subject: No licence needed - thx
Don't need to license it - its public domain.
Reviewer: Framan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2008
Subject: Pretty easy viewing
I enjoyed this piece of wartime relic quite enjoyable.
Reviewer: musicom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2007
This particular cartoon certainly has the stylings of the illustrious Charles M. Jones all over it, as to whether Clampett directed it is questionable, but you REAL fans may also notice Rod Scribner's touch in the earlier scenes....

Good one!
Reviewer: CaptainCaveman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2006
Subject: Great WB stuff
That's funny!

I like how Snafu makes it out, and then goes back in to get the right note....boom!
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2006
Subject: Buns Of Steel!
Very funny SNAFU comic here! Watch out for booby traps! Some obvious, some not! Features the piano bomb gag that was used in a later Bugs cartoon (I believe). Worth watching!
Reviewer: Karma Hawk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2005
Subject: "wonder if this is one of them thier booby traps"
This film doesn't really teach a lot, it was probobly made more for laughs than to educate, but still it has a simple measage AVOID BOOBY TRAPS. And let me tell you the animators really go all out on the booby trap idea thiers lots of them in this flick from dropawsy floors to exploding pianos. At the end of it all Snafu goes in and get's blown up by an exploding piano which is kind of funny in that it's so rediculous. The animation is also really good, so much so that in the begining shot you might think that Snafu is marching in front of a real life backdrop. Overall good cartoon with good animation to boot.
Reviewer: nborders - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2004
Subject: Amazing!!!
I have always wanted to watch a SNAFU cartoon after seeing all of the Warner Bros cartoons. These do not disapoint, Mel Blanc's voices and the great imagry of the WB cartoon crew make these SNAFU cartoons great.

Plus placeing these cartoons in their time, I'm sure our boys in WWII gladly appreciated them.
Reviewer: dynayellow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2004
Subject: The
Odd to hear a cartoon character swear, but this was for soldiers, I suppose. Sort of the Ur text for Bugs Bunny cartoons, we get not only the Piano Gag, but the wonderfully obvious (yet seldom performed) "booby" trap joke.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: Whatever You Do, Don't Play
Warner Brothers made the Private Snafu cartoons for the army, to explain various important concepts to the GIs. Private Snafu was the Goofus of the army, who could be counted on to show what not to do. The cartoons definitely had the Warner Brothers stamp on them, which means they're pretty great. In this one, Snafu enters a zone recently vacated by the enemy and, despite warnings to keep his nose out of things, gets hoodwinked by various booby traps. Features one of the first appearances of the classic Warner Brothers exploding piano gag.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
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